Mikel Arteta delivers update on Arsenal’s summer transfer plans
Mikel Arteta discusses Arsenal FC's transfer plans for the forthcoming summer window
Mikel Arteta has hinted that Arsenal will make a number of signings in the summer transfer window ahead of his first full season in charge.
The Spaniard has been settling into life as the north London club’s new head coach after he was brought in to replace Unai Emery at The Emirates back in December.
Arteta has been tasked with guiding Arsenal back up the Premier League table as they bid to compete for Champions League qualification in the coming seasons.
Arsenal are likely to be linked with a whole host of players in the coming weeks and months as Arteta considers adding to his squad ahead of the new campaign.
Chelsea FC have been widely reported to have concluded a big-money deal to sign Timo Werner from RB Leipzig in recent days.
Asked if Chelsea FC’s reported move for Werner makes him worried about Arsenal’s ability to spend big this summer, Arteta replied: “Well let’s see, we’re trying to put a plan together to improve what we have.
“We haven’t been able to do or achieve the results we wanted in the last three years.
“There’s a reason behind it and if we stand still obviously that gap will get bigger and bigger.
“And I haven’t come here to accept or to do that.
“The challenge for all of us, is first of all to improve the players that we have and find the ways to improve the squad in the right positions in order to give us the best possible chance and tools that we need to compete at that level which is getting higher and higher every year.”
Arsenal will return to Premier League action on Saturday afternoon when they take on Brighton and Hove Albion away from home on Saturday afternoon.
The north London side are aiming to try and sneak into the top four before the season is out and secure a spot in next term’s Champions League.